Anifile - Sacred Seven

What do you think Code Geass is lacking? Not enough robots? Not enough action? Not enough Pizza Hut? Mystical stones, perhaps? Well, look no further than the alternative anime - Sacred Seven.

Anifile - Ro-Kyu-Bu!

Basketball in grade school where only one of the 'fab' five know how to play with a high school coach; expect goofy hijinx aplenty in one of the less serious series of summer with Ro-Kyu-Bu.


Anifile - BLADE

The final Marvel/MADHOUSE anime ends on a low-key note with vampires taking the helm. It's the turn of half-vampire half-human hunter BLADE to wield his...blade! Yeah.


MasaPlays: Portal 2 - Part 1

Masako takes the leap into Let's Plays with his foray into the puzzle game where sweet treats are the reward after a hard day's "testing". It's Portal 2! DISCLAIMER: Portal 2 is the property of Valve Software. Please support the official release; because it's awesome! :)


Anifile - Deadman Wonderland

Take Battle Royale, Project A-KO plus a dash of Akira and you get one of Spring's hottest series which has had the most requests for Masako to review - Deadman Wonderland!


Life's turned another corner.

I like to think that life has always been in generally OK for me. I have loads of friends online, an intelligent and supportive fanbase and a career which is also my hobby; not many people get to have that and I consider myself pretty lucky and am grateful each and every day.

Some of you may be thinking why I'm talking about this now. It's simply because I want to. Things have happened in the last couple of months which have really defined where my life may head; for the better, I assure you. My latest stints of work have been really stimulating allowing me to express myself creatively and gain a lot of technical know-how very quickly. Editing is clearly where my career will go at this point in time and I'm determined to make it happen. However, it's meant that I've had to make some sacrifices alongside the acquisitions. What those consist of are for another day.

In general, life's good. I've got an epic two weeks of cons coming up at the end of July, quite a few meet-ups with the UK posse at various events which I always look forward to; not to mention the aforementioned work status picking up. Despite this, there has been something missing which I wish to share with you.

When I was big (which was pretty much my ENTIRE childhood), I got messed around emotionally by girls. I was so naive and got mocked accordingly. I did have a couple of friends who were girls, but my popularity in school was middling. My size/height meant I wasn't a punching bag but I never really got noticed; because of that I never really acknowledged the whole dating thing. Throughout college and most of university, I had the mindset of 'How can you miss something you've never had?' Of course in uni I had friends and I did have a crush on someone, but that got dashed pretty quickly and I was broken. When, as you all know, I lost the weight, my confidence went up and I felt that I could have a chance at a relationship. However, it wasn't an instant thing. Granted, my social confidence was higher and I DID have an online relationship going in the middle of last year for a couple of months; but that went nowhere and looking back on it, it wasn't really a relationship you could build on. I then had the foundations of another one during the end of last year but that ended before it even began in all honesty; however with both instances, I'm still cool with them and we're still buds. Even after the weight loss, I wasn't much closer. This got me sort of despondent.

However, things changed very recently. Last weekend was London MCM, a con I was looking forward to because TONS of my friends were going and I could spend 3/4 days with them talking about anime, fun stuff and Nando's...lots of Nando's (It's the abridger's restaurant of choice, don't you know!). Throughout that weekend I really got to know the people I first met at Alcon last year, touched base with at LAC a few months previously and feel even more at ease with them.

Then I spotted someone; someone who up till then I had only exchanged brief snippets of conversation at previous meetups. We got talking a little more and I then started to feel something towards her which filled me with happiness. Throughout that weekend, we discovered we had TONS in common and had similar tastes in humour, music and outlooks on life. I was so happy. When Sunday came along and our final group dinner ended, me and her parted company. We promised to get in touch and meet up again soon. There was a brief spark whilst saying good bye which left me giddy. We've been out twice since then and my feelings have only grown. I never thought this would happen to me. I feel complete; at ease. Not that I wasn't content before then, but my outlook on life has become mellower. It's early days, but I so want this to work. If it does, life will be 100% jubilant!

In the words of a catchy commercial, "I, am MoreThan Freeman. Thank you, for listening."


Anifile - C [Control]

Money makes the world go round. Money is also the basis of killer battles where you fight for every single dime you have. C [Control] is the anime which makes financial prudence exciting.


Anifile - Hanasaku Iroha

An anime in a hot spring. Nope, not like the typical. Watch the coming of age of a city girl who has to bring herself back from the depths of despair from the wrath of a bitter grandmother. Hanasaku Iroha is potentially a season winner.


Anifile - Hen Zemi

Fruit flies...in weird places. Passing gas...in bathtubs. Some people find this attractive. I don't - but the people in this anime do. Be prepared for something pretty disturbing in Hen Zemi.


Anifile - Blue Exorcist

How would you react if you were the son of Satan? Amazed or horrified? Well, allow this anime to take that weight off your shoulders and kick back with some classic shounen in Blue Exorcist.